Woman charged in April kidnapping of Macon student

Macon police have charged a 30-year-old woman in connection with the kidnapping of a Jessie Rice Elementary student April 24.

Taneka Lafaye Freeman, of Shakespeare Boulevard, is accused of helping the noncustodial father of 6-year-old Shawn Clark Jr. kidnap the boy from the south Macon school.

Freeman had been sought by authorities since the incident, according to a police news release.

She was arrested late Saturday, according to police, and remains in custody at the Bibb County jail without bond on charges of kidnapping a child under the age of 14.

Shawn Ronnie Clark Sr., 32, has remained in custody at the jail since the night of April 24, when he returned his son to the police department’s Criminal Investigation Division and surrendered to authorities.

He is charged with kidnapping and aggravated stalking, according to jail records.

Authorities said the stalking charge stems from a previous incident.

The 6-year-old was reported missing when he didn’t come home from school that day. Police said he was kidnapped shortly after noon from the Lindsey Park neighborhood school.

The boy’s father, bound by a temporary protective order, came to the school and removed his son from class, authorities said.

He was accompanied by Freeman, who retrieved her child from a different classroom before they all exited the school and left the campus in Freeman’s Chevrolet Tahoe, according to police.

The 6-year-old was safely returned to his mother following the incident